One of the benefits of freelancing is having the space between the busy times for casually meeting friends for lunch without watching the clock. After a whirlwind June, during which I styled 4 back-to-back jobs and every other minute I spent celebrating (and lamenting) my son's graduation from his sweet little elementary school, I finally have some free time to catch up with life. I spent lunchtime yesterday with my friend and former co-worker at Bridal Guide, Susan Schneider who has just released her first novel, The Wedding Writer. I have to gush about this book which is a hilarious glimpse into the crazy world of wedding magazine publishing, a subject close to my heart. For all of you who might wonder what it's like to work at a magazine you get a peek into the the dreams, the drama, the office politics, the quirky personalities as well as the fun of putting together the gospel followed by brides-to-be. For me, I enjoyed picking through Susan's funny magazine titles and editorial ideas having done the real thing with her for a long time at Bridal Guide. This fictitious tale could take place anywhere, in any office-based career so anyone could relate to the 4 heroines and side characters. Chapters are simply called "Sara", "Lucky", "Felice" and "Grace" alternating their points of view and individual escapades. The Wedding Writer is totally juicy with all the right ingredients to be a great movie along the lines of Sex in the City and Devil Wears Prada so movie people take notice! I had such a blast reading it that when I was done I started all over again. Take my word for it, this will be your great summer read so please run out and get this book! Keep up with Susan on her blog Books and Bridal and follow @thewddngwriter.